Walmart Shooter Gillane Sentenced to Maximum Prison Term

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - The man who shot three people at a Reno Walmart has been sentenced to at least 35 years in prison, but it could be up to 96 years.

Following up on the jury's finding John Gillane guilty on seven counts in last year's shooting at the Kietzke Lane store, Judge Patrick Flanagan handed down the sentence late Wednesday morning.

Gillane had been found guilty of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Gillane was an employee at the Walmart and shot three managers, all of whom have recovered from their injuries.

Wednesday in court, the prosecution read letters from two of the victims. Eric Hill's letter said he was still in a lot of pain as a result of Gillane's action both physically and mentally. Rick Burns's letter says the tragedy still affects his life today, physically, emotionally and financially.

Richard Sanders stood before the court and Gillane and told Judge Flanagan he deserved the full sentence. Sanders told Gillane that he "would never be able to forgive him."

The judge also ordered Gillane to pay for restitution for the victim's medical expenses, totaling more than $200,000.

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